June 27th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Democrat's al Qaeda comment sparks Republican ire

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - A Democratic lawmaker's comment that he was "glad" that a top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney could be identified by al Qaeda has sparked outrage among Republicans at the White House and on Capitol Hill.

During a contentious House hearing on harsh interrogation techniques for terror suspects Thursday, Rep. Bill Delahunt, D-Massachusetts, was pressing David Addington, the vice president's chief of staff, about meetings he attended while serving as Cheney's chief counsel.

Delahunt asked repeatedly whether the topic of waterboarding, a controversial interrogation technique that simulates drowning, ever came up.

Addington replied that he could not discuss that because "al Qaeda may watch C-SPAN."

"Right," Delahunt responded. "Well, I'm sure they are watching, and I'm glad they finally have the chance to see you, Mr. Addington."

"Yeah, I'm sure you're pleased," Addington shot back.

"Given your penchant for being unobtrusive," Delahunt said about Addington's ability to stay behind the scenes.

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soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. RH

    War criminal

    June 27, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Lee

    What does he have to be afraid of if he did nothing wrong?

    June 27, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. OH WELL!!!!!

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — A Democratic lawmaker's comment that he was "glad" that a top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney could be identified by al Qaeda has sparked outrage among Republicans at the White House and on Capitol Hill............OUTRAGE AMONG REPUBLICAN yea right ........just pandering...........They should have been OUTRAGE for voting for AN Unjust WAR and regards to all of the lives that were LOST,,,,NO! NO! not today ........don't used this for polictical gain !,,,,,,, CHENEY IS AN IDIOT,,,,,,,HIS ONLY RESPONSE IS SO!! ...........Delahunt responded. "Well, I'm sure they are watching, and I'm glad they finally have the chance to see you, Mr. Addington."
    Delahunt was UPSET!!!!!!
    CNN PLZ POST

    June 27, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. CALI DUDE

    To:
    Reality King 2:04pm ET.

    They roll over in their collective grave everytime another Republican tells another lie about why they're in their grave. And why we have yet to do a thing about it.

    June 27, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. sonny c.

    Where was all this outcry by Conservatives when Cheney outed Valerie Plaine ON PURPOSE as political payback for her husband exposing the lies used to gain public support for WAR that these Vietnam War draft dodgers were foaming at the mouth to wage ?

    June 27, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Michael

    This man is a complete idiot and should be removed.

    June 27, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. A nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Hey this is a non story end of story. Bush is a lame duck one of the lamest. He will be replaced by one of leadership and intelligence and experience of which he has none of those qualities. He will be replaced in January by John McCain, a true American Patriot. John wears the flag pin on his lapel and he earned that right. '

    Obama for some unknown reason, [think Hussein], decides to dis our flag pin. That is alright for girlie men but not for our leader.

    He is a serial quitter. He quit his preacher, his new preacher, then his church, then his campaign pledge and he wants to quit Iraq. I think that qualifies for the definition of a serial quitter don't you?

    June 27, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Joe

    Mccain now should think about leaving the white house with Bush. We dont need any republican liars to rule this country please please please Mccains just Quit!!!!!!

    June 27, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. some jerk

    if the guy isn't involve in torturing people what does he have to fear more than the rest of us ... they hit the two towers with civilians not vp advisors.

    June 27, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. Jerry in Boston

    While Delahunt's comment was unfortunate, it was obviously an exasperated response to the infuriatingly glib and eveasive testimony that has become common from Bush administration officials.

    They have no respect at all for our sysytem off checks and balances and believe in absolute executive power. How does whether or not Cheney and Addington discussed waterboarding help Al Quaeda in any way? It doesn't, but it would damage Cheney and Addington and THAT's all they care about.

    June 27, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. tanner, ca

    Delahunt's comment was totally DISGRACEFUL.

    June 27, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. rice, bryan

    i think we have enought of the republican arrogance. this is the first of many shots that will be fired about this whole mess of the last 7 1/2 years.

    June 27, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. piper

    EVERYONE should be held accountable for their actions, even during times of war. We are not Nazis.

    And an adminstration that outed Plame should not throw stones.

    June 27, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. Brian from Texas

    America should be angry! At the Bush Administration!
    They dont think they have to answer to the American people. They laugh and spit on us, our constituion, and our laws!
    Another example of how they hide behind their talks of "terror, patriotism, and national security". They believe they are above the constraints of American law, Congress, and the American people. It is their duty to come forward and be accountable to our questions and concerns. They are scared and hiding because they know what they are doing is illegal and/or unconstitutional.

    June 27, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. T GUY

    Not so tough now Addington when you have to show your face. Stand up like a real man you coward.

    June 27, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Steve

    This is all nonsense. Of COURSE al Qaeda watches CNN. The are not just a bunch of stupid third-worlders hinding in desert caves. These guys are well-financed, often well-educated (sometimes even in US schools), and politically quite savvy. You can bet they know who all the key people in the US Government are, and probably know their travel schedules very well.

    This is just two grown men involved in a school-yard argument. BOTH should stop the nonsense and get a grip on the world around them. It's this kind of posturing and name-calling that makes me sick to my stomach. And these guys call themselves our leaders. Un-freakin' believable.....

    June 27, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. tanner, ca

    Delahunt's comment was totally DISGRACEFUL.

    To J S Ragman: You consider this 'payback'? Publicly calling Al Qaeda to take notice of a particular man? You are a spineless, hate filled, small, pathetic excuse for a human being.

    June 27, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. Minnesota against Johnny McSame

    Addington should stay at home if he is so scared of Al Qaida. If he doesn't love his country enough to work for it then do not take the "risk" of working with Dick Cheney.

    June 27, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. v.a.

    Addington is scum. Delahunt made an ignorant comment, but that still doesn't excuse Addington's lack of cooperation. "Executive privilege" blah blah blah. I'm tired of politicians (mostly Republicans) claiming executive privilege so that they won't be held accountable for their actions. Addington's involvement with the Abu Ghraib tortures makes me sick. Those of you who believe torture is ok should remember that even the COMMANDER of Abu Ghraib along with other military officials say that 90% of those prisoners there are innocent. American morals are headed down the toilet.

    June 27, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. Obama Supporter from FL

    This is really silly – the guy clearly was upset that Addington had refused to testify for so long, and then Addington was giving a facetious reason why he couldn't discuss waterboarding issues. It's OBVIOUS Delahunt wasn't hoping Al Qaeda would now track Addington down and take him out.

    I think this is another example of making a mountain out of a molehill – remember when Huckabee joked about Barack hitting the ground because of a shooter at the NRA meeting? Same thing – we all know Huckabee didn't mean it in a terrible way, even though it sounded pretty awful. Both sides are guilty of this.

    June 27, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Doofus Cape Coral Fl

    BOY! Those Repubs are really desperate. Serves them right!

    June 27, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. Justin (ny)

    while this was certainly NOT the right comment to make, he was clearly venting his frustration at addington, and other administration members like him who think they can get away with ANYTHING they want by saying "if i tell you, the terrorists win".

    June 27, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. ST

    Addington and Yoo should be waterboarded - that would get them to answer the questions.

    Addington's arrogance was so thick you could cut it with a knife - I understand why some was tossed his way.

    June 27, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. blah

    I wonder if the Right is as concerned for Mrs. Plame's safety

    June 27, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. KenB, Michigan

    I understand the misinterpreted comment.

    I overstand the the bigger issue.

    June 27, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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